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Regular office hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday. In the case of an emergency, on-call staff can be contacted 24 hours a day by calling 250 861-4200.
Notice of Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Landowners of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District will be held on Thursday May 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District, 3235 Gulley Road, Kelowna, B.C.
Items to be presented and approved at this meeting include:
- Grant Funding Update and Forum: an opportunity for questions and answers to SEKID’s funding challenges
- Minutes of the Annual Meeting of May 21, 2015
- Trustees’ Annual Report
- Manager’s Annual Report
- Financial Report for the year ended December 31, 2015
- 2016 Budget
- 2016 Trustee’s Honorarium
- New Business
Copies of the financial statements will be mailed on request or may be picked up at the district office after April 30, 2016.
There are two trustee positions available in 2016, for three year terms. Nominations for the election of two Trustees will be accepted up to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016.
If more than two nominations are received to fill the vacant positions, an election will be required. The date of the election will be Thursday, June 9, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the district office. An advance poll will be held Thursday June 2, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spring & Summer Newsletter 2016
The much anticipated Spring & Summer 2016 newsletter will be arriving by mail to all landowners of the district shortly. Among other stories, this edition provides an update on the grant funding situation and the withdrawl of support from the City of Kelowna to assist SEKID in obtaining funding.
Can't wait to read the latest edition? Download your free copy of the latest newsletter here.
Domestic watering regulations
- New Regulations in Effect for 2016 -
We are happy to anounce the Kelowna Joint Water Committee has updated the Kelowna Coordinated Drought Plan for 2016. This plan was originally developed in 2010 and adopted by all five water purveyors. Unfortunately, the City of Kelowna water utility dropped out of the program in 2011, effectively putting a coordinated city-wide drought plan on hold.
With the severe drought conditions experienced in the province in 2015, City Council had a change of heart about responsible water resource management and we are now able to implement the updated plan on a city-wide basis over the next two years.
For SEKID users there are important changes to the domestic sprinkling regulations our residents need to know about (see below). While the new regulations are in effect now (2016), we intend to give everyone a grace period for this year with full implementation of the new regulations coming into effect in 2017.
The new drought plan is quite extensive and covers a wide variety of water uses. To view the full plan follow this link: Kelowna Coordinated Drought Plan (2016). The main change to domestic sprinkling regulations is we will be going to set days of the week for watering and the days you are permitted to water is determined by odd and even addresses. Under normal conditions sprinkling will be allowed three days a week.
New Domestic Sprinkling Regulations: 2016
Sprinkling is permitted on an odd/even basis depending on your address:
- Odd numbered addresses will water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays
- Even numbered addresses will water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
- For those residents with in-ground automatic sprinkling systems the hours are 12:00 AM. to 6:00 A.M.
- For those watering by hose, sprinkling times are from 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. and from 7:00 P.M. to midnight.
- Hand watering by hose and washing cars is permitted any day
“Please think about the water you use and use it wisely”
April 1, 2016 - NEWS RELEASE:
BOIL WATER NOTICE
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District has issued a PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE for users on the surface water system. The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice.
Why has this notice been issued?
The Boil Water Notice is required due to increased turbidity in source water from Hydraulic Creek. The melting snow at the lower elevations has increased flow at the District intake causing the turbidity to increase above an average of 5 NTUs for the past 24 hour period.
What should the public do?
During a boil water notice, tap water used for drinking, brushing teeth, or rinsing ready-to-eat-foods should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute.
“Owners of all public facilities must post Boil Water Notices at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off). As opportunities arise, they must also advise their clientele verbally of the Boil Water Order.”
Interior Health has been consulted and is fully involved in this notification.
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District apologizes for the inconvenience this notification causes our customers and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. The length of time the Boil Water Notice will be in effect is unknown, but turbidity historically trends lower in May. There is a considerable amount of snow in the lower elevations and the weather is a major factor in how quickly that snow melts and runs off.
The public will be notified when conditions allow the Boil Water Notice to be rescinded.
Kelowna residents unsure of who their water supplier is can get this information by going to www.kjwc.org and using the “who is my water supplier” tool.
CONTACT: Toby Pike, South East Kelowna Irrigation District
Moving Forward: A Plan of Action for Improving SEKID Water Quality
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) is taking another step in the move toward meeting mandatory provincial water quality standards and ratepayers' demands for higher quality water.
Taking into account the feedback received from ratepayers since the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) was introduced in 2012, trustees have developed a feasible funding plan that avoids borrowing by constructing the new system in two phases. Read More ».
Keep Zebra and Quagga mussels out of B.C.
Zebra and Quagga mussels are exotic mollusks that have wreaked havoc accross the eastern seaboard and mid-west of North America. They thrive in freshwater lakes and have serious economic impacts wherever they spread. They are now reaching the western states and are moving steadily towards B.C.
Follow this link to find out more about these mussels and how to stop their spread: